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The National Railway Museum has secured a £1m lottery grant to go towards the development of a £3.5m public gallery to display its archive of photographs and documents.
Hilton is to sell its 400 international hotels to Hilton Hotels Corporation of the US for £3.3bn, in order to focus on its Ladbrokes betting division.
Top Ten is to acquire Apollo Bingo, the operator of bingo clubs in Rhyl, Caernarfon and Blackpool, for £11m, taking its total estate to 41.
CHE Hotel Group has raised £19m in a share placing to fund the development of Sleep Inn hotels across the country, and 60 possible locations have been identified.
The Countryside Council for Wales is to set up a new £3m visitor's centre at the 438-hectare Newport wetlands site in 2007.
Croydon Council is to consider plans from Westmead Business Group and US-based Century Casinos for the development of a 16,000 sq ft casino at the Aerodrome Hotel in Purley Way.
Buckingham Bingo, the Manchester-based operator of ten bingo halls, is to be acquired by Alchemy Partners for £90m.
Calderdale Council has secured a £4m lottery grant to fund the refurbishment of the 90-acre Shibden Park in Halifax.
Carlisle City Council is looking to raise £14m for the revamp of the Tullie House Museum, including refurbished art galleries and a new history of Carlisle exhibition.
Center Parcs is planning to open a leisure complex at the Jardins de la Mer development on Jersey, including 90 beachfront residential apartments and 70 leisure apartments.
Euro Hostels is looking to open budget hotels in Newcastle, Edinburgh, Leeds and Liverpool.
Gleneagles is hoping to start work next year on the £100m expansion of its Perthshire hotel complex from 850 to 1,450 acres, including a luxury spa and a village of holiday homes.
Nottingham City Council is considering plans for the development of a £5.8m arts centre in Hyson Green.
Inventive Leisure, the owner of Revolution vodka bars, is to be acquired by Alchemy Partners for £42m.
Punch Taverns has sold 205 pubs to Petchey Group for £98m, leaving it with an estate of 9,500 outlets.
Gymbox has raised £3.2m from Hotbed and HSBC to fund the development of three new fitness clubs.
Advantage West Midlands and the Heritage Lottery Fund are to help fund the development of a £10m Wedgwood pottery museum at Barlaston near Stoke-on-Trent by 2007.
North Tyneside Council has announced plans for the £60m revamp of the Whitley Bay seaside resort by 2010, including a hotel, new homes and a refurbished leisure pool.
Luton Borough Council has announced plans to build a National Centre for Carnival Arts in St Mary's Street by 2007, and £6.2m has already been raised.
Cyberdyne Entertainment, the Bristol-based online betting company, has been acquired by DM for an initial £0.2m.
La Tasca is planning to open a further eight restaurants over the next six months, and is also launching a new Sam & Maxie's brand of family bar and grill outlets.
William Hill is to sell a further 48 betting shops to Tote for £20m, taking Tote's total estate to more than 500.
Ultimate Leisure has acquired Prohibition, the operator of three bars in Manchester, Leeds and Liverpool, from Living Ventures for £2.7m.
Arts Council of Wales is to award a £3.1m grant to go towards the development of a £4.3m craft centre in Ruthin.
Furlong Hotels, the chain of three country hotels in Bath, Warwickshire and the Cotswolds, has been acquired by Dawnay Shore Hotels for £41m.
Hilton International is looking to open five new golf and spa complexes in Scotland and Ireland over the next three years, and also wants to reintroduce the Scandic hotel brand on at least 50 properties.
Yotel is to open its first two budget hotels at Heathrow and Gatwick in 2006, and is co-operating with BAA on a global expansion plan.
First Choice is to acquire Grand Expeditions, the US-based leisure travel group, from North Castle Partners for £54m, as well as US adventure travel company INTRAV for £37m.
Vale Royal Borough Council has approved plans for the development of a £8m leisure complex at The Drumber in Winsford, in order to replace Winsford Civic Hall, the Dingle Centre and Winsford Sports Complex.
Macdonald Hotels is to acquire Edinburgh's Holyrood Hotel and the Cardrona Hotel, Golf & Country Club near Peebles for £34m, and £4m will be invested at the two sites.
Lafarge is planning to develop an ecological leisure complex at the former Magheramorne quarry in Northern Ireland, and proposals include a mountain biking centre, a museum, a heritage steam railway and up to 450 eco-friendly houses.
Spirit Group, the chain of 1,832 pubs, is to be acquired by Punch Taverns for £2.7bn, while Punch has announced the sale of 203 pubs to Admiral Taverns for £40m.
Travelzest is to acquire Best of Morocco, the tour operator specialising in tailor-made holidays to Morocco, for £2.7m.
The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland is planning to build a £35m visitor attraction on the banks of the Clyde in Glasgow, including a covered rainforest environment with endangered animals.
Nottingham Rugby Club is to relocate to the Lady Bay Sports Complex in West Bridgford at the end of the season.
Newcastle City Council has awarded a £4.2m contract to Rok to refurbish and extend the Waygood Art Gallery.
Rentokil Initial is to sell Initial Style Conferences, the operator of 29 training and conference venues, to Alternative Hotel Group for £325m.
Ultimate Leisure, the bar and night club operator, is to open two more Blubambu sites in Derby and Northampton this month, and aims to refurbish 13 existing sites during the current financial year.
North Lincolnshire Council is to consider plans for the development of a new £4m leisure centre in Barton, including a swimming pool, dance studio and fitness suite.
Spirit Group has sold ten large London pubs to Capital Pub Company for £31m.
The East of England Development Agency is to award a £0.7m grant to go towards the development of a £3m visitor centre at Anglesey Abbey in Cambridgeshire.
Highland Council is expected to work with local businesses and development agencies on proposals for the multi-million pound transformation of Wick's waterfront, including a five-star hotel, a marina and a water sports centre.
Morethanhotels has acquired Foremost Hotels, the operator of three Express by Holiday Inn hotels, for undisclosed terms.
Clapham House is planning to expand its chain of 27 restaurants by opening a further 15 in the year to March 2007 and 20 the following year.
Exeter City Council has approved plans from Macdonald Hotels for the £6m expansion of the Southgate Hotel in Southernhay.
Glasgow City Council has approved plans from Blythswood Developments for the development of a 140-bedroom five-star hotel at the former Royal Scottish Automobile Club in Blythswood Square.
Sport England is to invest a further £75m of lottery money in the grassroots development of sport across the country, including £46m for the nine regional sports boards.
Travelodge is considering plans to close its hotel reservations call centre in Dudley with the loss of up to 170 jobs, and 40 back-office staff are expected to relocate to its head office in Thame.
Enterprise Inns is looking to sell up to 1,000 pubs for commercial or housing redevelopment over the next five years.
Bank Restaurant Group is to acquire five Zinc restaurants from Conran Holdings for about £4m, and is now seeking a more substantial acquisition.
Marylebone Warwick Balfour is to sell a five-star hotel on Glasgow's Argyle Street to WG Mitchell Group for £52m.
Merseyside Fire Service is considering plans to set up a £8m Fireworld fun park at its Bootle headquarters, in order to teach children the dangers of fire.
Vale Royal Borough Council is to consider plans for the development of a multi-million-pound equestrian and polo centre in Oakmere.
Reading Borough Council is to seek £25m of lottery funding to build a riverside theatre and arts venue to replace the Hexagon.
Capita Group has acquired Lonsdale Travel, the Derby-based travel management company with 220 staff, for £10m.
Gourmet Holdings is to raise £5.2m in a share placing to fund the expansion of its Richoux and Bel and the Dragon restaurant chains.
Vue Entertainment is in negotiations to set up a multiplex cinema at the Land Securities Summerland Gate development in Exeter.
Top Ten is seeking acquisitions to expand its chain of bingo clubs from 38 to about 100.
Talarius has acquired Blackheath Leisure, the London-based chain of 24 gaming centres, for £19m.
London Clubs International has secured a licence to set up a 40,000 sq ft casino and restaurant complex in London's Leicester Square by the end of 2006.
Castle Leisure is to expand its Stirling-based chain of nine pubs and nightclubs across Scotland, having agreed a £13m finance deal with HBOS.
The National Railway Museum in York is seeking permission to build a 60m-high observation wheel in the style of the London Eye.
Shrewsbury & Atcham Borough Council is seeking a contractor to build a £20m entertainment venue in Frankwell, including an auditorium, dance studio and studio theatre.
Chester Zoo has unveiled plans for a £100m expansion project that could see the 110-acre attraction treble in size.
Pizza Hut is to create about 270 jobs in the North West by opening restaurants in Blackburn, Blackpool, Bolton, Lancaster, Leyland and Manchester.
Brighton & Hove Albion has secured government permission to build a new 23,000-capacity football stadium at Falmer.
SECC has unveiled plans to build a £62m Scottish national arena next to the Clyde in Glasgow by 2009, including 12,500 seats.
Dairyland is planning to build a new £3.5m hotel and holiday cottages complex at its fun park near Newquay.
Ebookers, the online travel agency, is to set up a 39,000 sq ft office at 140 Aldersgate Street, London.
The London Development Agency is looking to build a £300m conference centre in the West End, including an auditorium capacity of up to 5,000, and hopes to secure 50% of the funding from hotel groups and other businesses.
Grimsby Town is to submit plans to build a new 12,000-capacity football stadium at Great Coates.
Northacre and Minerva are to acquire the Odeon cinema on London's High Street Kensington for £24m, where they plan to develop a new multi-screen cinema and apartments.
The RSPB and the Teesside Environmental Trust are to set up a £4.1m urban wetland nature reserve on 1,000 acres of industrial wasteland in the Tees Valley, which could attract up to 100,000 visitors a year by 2008.
Sporting Index, the spread betting company, has been acquired by private equity firm HgCapital for £76m.
Loch Fyne Restaurants, the chain of 25 seafood restaurants and five Le Petit Blancs, has undergone a management buy-out for £22m.
North East Lincolnshire Council is to consider plans for the development of a £2m 10,000-seater outdoor arena in Cleethorpes, as part of a £5m revamp of the town's visitor attractions.
Stanley Leisure has sold its Stanley Entertainment online casino business to Leisure & Gaming for £1.9m.
Liverpool City Council is considering plans to build a five-star spa hotel at Oxford Gardens, in preparation for the 2008 Open golf championship at Royal Birkdale.
Lyceum Group has sold three bars at Liverpool's Albert Dock to Lancashire-based JI Entertainment, in a deal estimated at more than £3m.
Terra Firma is to sell 11 cinemas to Cinema Holdings of Ireland for about £60m.
The Savoy Theatre in London has been acquired by the Ambassador Theatre Group and three impresarios for about £7m.
The Crescent Arts Centre in Belfast is planning a £4.8m refurbishment project, having secured funding from the Northern Ireland Department of Culture, Arts & Leisure, and work will start next year.
Canterbury City Council has approved plans for the £23m expansion of the Marlowe Theatre, including more seating, additional performance space and new catering facilities.
Coral Eurobet, the betting shop chain, is to be acquired by Gala for £2.2bn, creating an enlarged group with about 1,450 outlets and more than 17,000 staff.
Queens Moat Houses has sold nine UK hotels to Jefferson Hotels for about £100m, and eight of them will be leased to Rezidor SAS and rebranded as Park Inns.
Glasgow City Council has approved plans from Hanover Property Unit Trust to build a £20m hotel and leisure development at Queenslie in Easterhouse, which will create 500 jobs.
The London 2012 Olympic Games Organising Committee and the Olympic Delivery Authority are planning to set up a 30,000 sq ft headquarters at One Churchill Place in Canary Wharf.
Newbury Racecourse is due to seek planning permission next year for a redevelopment programme, including a £5m all-weather track, a new entrance, shops, stables and a hotel.
Page & Moy has sold its cruise booking business, including a call centre in Leicester, to a new company called Totally Travel for about £5m.
Hayley Conference Centres has secured a £41m private equity investment from 3i, which will help fund the £80m expansion of its network of eight conference centres over the next four years.
Liverpool City Council is to consider a £6m scheme to open up the crypt at the city's Metropolitan Cathedral to visitors.
Breckland Council and private partner Parkwood Holdings have announced plans for the development of new leisure facilities in Dereham and Thetford, and the Dereham site will include a swimming pool, sports hall and fitness centre.
Manchester City Council is to consider plans from Teesland iDG to develop an Irish World Heritage Centre in Cheetham Hill, including a museum, a Gaelic football field and a 100-bed hotel.
Lochs & Glens Holidays is planning to build a £8m 124-room hotel at Ardgartan on Loch Long by 2007, with the creation of 45 jobs.
CNG Travel Group has sold its leisure division, including a hotel booking business, to FEXCO All Travel for an initial £1.4m.
The Saatchi Gallery is to relocate its art collection from London's County Hall to the Duke of York's Headquarters Building in Chelsea in 2007.
Oswestry Borough Council is to consider plans from TNS of Wales for the development of a new £5m 3,000-seater football stadium by 2008.
Hartford is to acquire Henry J Beans, the chain of five bars with a further 17 franchised outlets abroad, for £5.8m.
Essex County Council is to consider plans from Bunting & Sons for the development of a £20m tourist attraction at Great Horkesley, including a country park, leisure complex, gardens and an art gallery.
Glasgow City Council is planning to develop a £2.8m restaurant and visitor attraction at the Botanic Gardens next to Kibble Palace, and there will also be improvements at other parks across the city.
Belfast City Council is to consider plans from Cordia Hotels for the development of a £25m four-star hotel on Hope Street, which will create 200 jobs.
Restaurant Group is planning to expand its chain of 279 eateries with up to 13 Frankie & Benny's and four Chiquito outlets in the second half of the year.
Signature Restaurants is to be acquired by the owner of Wentworth Golf Club for about £57m, which is expected to lead to a £60m investment in the expansion of the 25 Strada pizza outlets to 100.
BC Partners is set to acquire the Fitness First chain of 440 fitness centres from Cinven for £800m, and aims to open up to 250 new sites over the next five years.
Glasgow Rangers Football Club and Las Vegas Sands have won planning permission to build a £120m entertainment and casino complex.
Jurys Doyle has been selected as the preferred operator of a new 280-bedroom hotel due to open at Liverpool's Kings Dock in late 2007.
Alchemy Partners has acquired 178 city centre pubs and bars from Spirit Group for £177m, and the chain will be known as Tattershall Castle Group.
Belfast City Council is to consider plans from Andras House to build a four-star 215-bedroom hotel between Hope Street and Wellwood Street.
Cannock Chase Council has unveiled a multi-million pound plan for the redevelopment of sports and leisure facilities, including new swimming pools, restaurants and a 600-seat theatre.
Bristol Zoo has unveiled proposals to set up a National Wildlife Conservation Park on a 132-acre site at Cribbs Causeway, which could attract 600,000 visitors a year.
Modus Properties and the Iliad Group are to submit plans for the £100m Wireworks urban regeneration scheme in Warrington, including a cinema, a hotel, flats and offices.
South Bedfordshire District Council has approved plans from Complex Development Projects to build a £16m theatre complex at Queensway Hall by spring 2007.
Diggerland has won planning permission to set up its fourth theme park in Wakefield by next summer.
Chorus has won a £20m contract to refurbish the Berners Hotel in the West End of London, and plans to start work early next year.
The Rambert Dance Company is planning to build a £16m six-storey dance centre on the South Bank in London by 2008, to replace its existing site in Chiswick.
First Artist has acquired The Finishing Touch, the Surrey-based event management company, for £3.4m.
The Lawn Tennis Association is looking to sell the Queen's tennis club in London for about £40m, as part of a plan to relocate its headquarters to Roehampton in 2007.
Yarmouth Pleasure Beach has reached agreement with Vue Entertainment to build a £8m multiplex cinema in Great Yarmouth by 2007.
Urbium has accepted a £113m takeover offer from private equity firm Electra, and Electra is planning to expand the chain of bars from 37 to 100 over the next few years.
Bournemouth Borough Council is planning to build a new £8m arts and education centre to replace the Winter Gardens concert hall.
Richmondshire Council is to help fund the development of a £15m sport and leisure complex at Catterick Garrison, with final approval expected to be granted by the Army Infrastructures Organisation next summer.
Red Carnation Hotels has bought the Egerton House hotel in Knightsbridge, London, from Townhouse Hotel Investments for about £6m.
Parkwood has acquired Coblands Wholesale, the Kent-based nursery with five sites involved in the production and growing-on of plants.
Trentham Leisure is considering plans from Birdline UK to set up a £4m parrot aviary with 700 birds at the Trentham Gardens site in Staffordshire.
Forest of Dean Council has approved plans for the development of a £0.6m extreme cycling centre at Cannop.
Teesdale District Council is to consider plans from Primula for the development of a 120-room hotel and leisure complex at Humbleton Camp near Barnard Castle, including golf course, spa and holiday lodges.
Derby City Council is to consider plans for the development of the £9.8m Quad Arts Centre for media and visual arts in Derby.
Plymouth City Council has approved plans from Yelverton Properties for the development of a £20m nine-storey JurysDoyle hotel, which will create about 100 jobs.
Salford Council is to consider plans from the Salford Reds rugby league club for the development of a £70m 20,000-capacity stadium designed by Arup Associates, and the plans also include leisure and retail facilities.
Chelsea Football Club has awarded a contract to Dean & Dyball to build a new £15m training ground at Cobham in Surrey.
Scottish Natural Heritage is to launch a four-month recruitment campaign for up to 70 staff at its new headquarters in Inverness, where it already employs 125 staff in five offices.
Sefton Council has approved plans for the development of a £8.5m water park at Dunes Leisure Centre in Southport, which will create up to 137 jobs.
Sheffield United has announced plans to build a four-star 146-bedroom hotel and a new 2,200-capacity stand at its Bramall Lane football stadium.
Bath Rugby Club is to seek outline permission to build a 15,000-capacity stadium on the Recreation Ground in Bath.
Southend Council is to consider plans from Dedman Planning & Regeneration to revamp the area between the Kursaal and the Pier, including new homes, a casino, restaurants and a hotel.
Wolverhampton & Dudley is to acquire English Country Inns, the chain of 14 pubs, for £14m.
Punch Taverns is to sell 45 pubs to Admiral Taverns (Cygnet) for £15m.
Leeds City Council is to secure £30m of government funding to build new swimming pools, sports halls and fitness centres across the city.
Jackson Construction has won a contract from Dartford Borough Council to build a £6m 5,000-capacity football stadium for Dartford FC by July 2006.
Studley Castle, the Warwickshire conference centre, is expected to be sold by Phoenix Venture Holdings to the Firoka Group for £4.5m.
Stockton Council has approved plans for the £4.8m development of Preston Hall Museum in Eaglescliffe into a leading tourist attraction, but Billingham Art Gallery and the Green Dragon Museum will close.
PGL Travel, the Herefordshire-based activity holiday company, has undergone a £42m management buy-out.
Staffordshire County Council is to consider plans for the development of a £6m arts centre in Stafford, including a gallery, exhibition space and conference facilities.
Belfast City Council has received detailed proposals for the development of a £100m visitor attraction on the shore of Belfast Lough, in order to tell the story of the Titanic.
Glamorgan County Cricket Club is seeking permission to spend £6m expanding its Sophia Gardens stadium in Cardiff from a capacity of 6,000 to 16,000, and an indoor ice hockey arena is also included in the plans.
X-Leisure has acquired the Queen's Links Leisure Park in Aberdeen from the Legendary Property Company for £22m, and will soon announce plans for a series of improvements at the site.
Haringey Council in London is planning to invest £4.6m in the development of new health and fitness facilities across the borough.
Holmes Place has sold its 15 fitness clubs in Spain and Portugal to a consortium of local private equity firms for £76m.
Highland Council is to consider plans from Tulloch Dounreay for the development of a £20m leisure and business complex at Upper Dounreay Farm in Caithness, including hotels, a swimming pool and self-catering apartments.
Norwich Sport Village is to undergo a £4m refurbishment, in order to transform the site into a 78-bedroom Express by Holiday Inn.
Vale Royal Borough Council has approved plans to expand the Nunsmere Country Hall Hotel in Oakmere, with the creation of up to 80 jobs.
Red Letter Days, the experience gift company, has been bought out of administration by AIC.
Sportingbet is to acquire ISC Entertainment, the Antigua-based online gambling company, for up to £22m.
Marylebone Warwick Balfour has raised £105m to fund the expansion of its Hotel du Vin and Malmaison hotel chains throughout the country, including about nine new sites over the next four years.
Carmarthenshire Council and Llanelli Scarlets are planning to build a new £45m 15,000-capacity rugby stadium and athletics stadium in Llanelli by 2007.
The Scottish Executive has awarded a £9m grant to the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park Authority to set up a new headquarters at Balloch for 120 staff.
Inverness Harbour Trust is planning to build a new £8m marina at the mouth of the River Ness.
Total Fitness is to open a health and fitness centre at Thornaby on Teesside in September, with the creation of 55 jobs.
Punch Taverns has acquired the Avebury Holdings chain of 409 pubs for £219m, taking its total number to 8,209.
Stanley Leisure is to invest £100m in the expansion of its chain of 41 casinos over the next five years.
North British Trust Group of Edinburgh is to sell 20 hotels to Swallow Hotels & Inns for an estimated £75m, but will retain four Scottish properties to focus on adventure tourism.
Esporta has sold 13 health clubs to Virgin Active for undisclosed terms, including sites in Chelmsford, Rugby, Crawley, Birmingham, Bolton, Gloucester, Medway and six in Spain.
Hilton has acquired Jack Brown, the Pontypridd-based chain of 141 betting shops, for £76m, in order to expand its Ladbrokes business.
Luton Borough Council is to consider plans for the development of a casino and 1,000 new homes at the former Vauxhall site.
Sheffield City Council has approved plans for the development of The Mayfield Astronomy & Space centre, and the Sheffield Astronomical Society is now looking to raise £0.5m for the project.
Spa & Resort Operations is to invest £40m in a series of expansion projects, with the creation of up to 400 jobs at sites including Hoar Cross Hall in Staffordshire and Eden Hall near Newark.
Legoland Parks has been acquired by US-based private equity group Blackstone for £258m, and will be combined with Blackstone's Merlin Entertainments business.
The North West Development Agency has approved funding of £33m for the redevelopment of the Pier Head site, including a new Museum of Liverpool and a canal link.
Really Useful Theatres has sold four London theatres to Max Wietzenhoffer and Nica Burns for £11m, including the Apollo, the Lyric, the Duchess and the Garrick.
Photo-Me International has acquired RG Mitchell, the Lincolnshire-based kiddie rides manufacturer with 80 staff, for £3.9m.
William Hill is to sell 28 betting shops to the Tote for £15m, in order to win regulatory approval for the acquisition of Stanley Leisure's betting shops.
The Mill Hotel in Chester has revealed plans for a £10m extension, including a conference centre and 50 new jobs.
Talarius has acquired Leisure Promotions and In To Save for a total £11m, increasing its estate of Quicksilver amusement centres from 129 to 142.
Ebac is planning to open a chain of luxury spas under the Waterfall name, depending on the success of a £1m site due to open in Leeds this autumn.
Travelsupermarket is planning to invest £6m in the expansion of its online travel price comparison business over the next 12 months, with the creation of up to 50 jobs at its site near Chester.
Rotherham United is planning to build a new £4m stand at its football stadium by next February.
Southampton City Council has secured a £5m Arts Council grant to set up an arts complex at Guildhall Square by 2008, including equipment for performers, artists and film-makers.
Gala has acquired New Generation Bingo, the owner of the Club 2000 bingo club in Basingstoke, for £18m.
Heritage Pub Company has sold its chain of 231 pubs to the Globe Pub Company for about £79m, and the leased sites will be operated by Scottish & Newcastle Pub Enterprises.
Healthy Living Centres is planning to expand its chain of 33 Motorcise healthy living centres, having agreed a new financing package.
Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA) is submitting plans to build a new £5m four-storey dance centre at its city centre headquarters.
Cardiff County Council has awarded a £3m contract to Opco Construction to refurbish Cardiff Castle.
Walton Hall, the stately home near Stratford-upon-Avon, has been acquired by Dawnay Shore Hotels for £15m, and £10m will be spent converting it into a 200-room hotel with conference facilities.
Laurel Pub Company has acquired 98 of SFI's 150 pubs for £80m, and the remaining 52 sites have gone into administration through PwC.
Seasons in Style, the tour operator with 45 staff, is to relocate its headquarters from Wirral to St David's Park, Chester, in October, and plans to create 20 new jobs.
Celtic Football Club is considering plans to relocate its training facilities from the east end of Glasgow to Lennoxtown.
Quintessential Hotels has changed its name to QHotels, and will invest almost £40m in a refurbishment programme.
MyTravel is to sell its stake in the Hotetur resort hotel group in Palma to Teinver for £19m.
Top Ten Holdings has acquired Westvale Leisure, the parent company of Walker Leisure and operator of 13 bingo clubs in the Midlands and the north, for £5.4m.
Coventry Sports Foundation has announced plans to build a £7m sports centre in Canley, and hopes to start work in January.
Whitbread is planning to build up to 20 pubs, restaurants and hotels in Northern Ireland over the next ten years, at a cost of £30m.
The London Borough of Merton, Greenwich Leisure and Merton College are to spend £4.5m refurbishing the Wimbledon Wellness fitness centre, the Morden Park Pool Wellness fitness centre and Cannons Leisure Centre over the next two years.
The Restaurant Group has acquired the Blubeckers chain of 17 restaurants from CI Traders for £27m.
Lancashire Wildlife Trust is planning to set up a £1.2m regional headquarters in Bolton in July 2006.
Carmarthenshire County Council is considering proposals from the Walters Group to build a new racecourse at Ffos Las in Trimsaran, and private sector investment is being sought.
Bicester Golf & Country Club is planning to build a 52-room four-star hotel by 2007.
Liverpool City Council is planning to set up a £13m botanical garden in Calderstones Park, with three domes being used to house the city's collection of 16,000 plants.
Peterborough City Council is considering plans from Travelodge Hotels to build a 79-bedroom hotel in the city centre.
Edinburgh Crystal Glass has awarded a £2m contract to J Smart to build a visitor centre in Edinburgh.
Lincolnshire Agricultural Society is planning to build a £8m music and conference venue at the Lincolnshire Showground.
Middlesbrough Borough Council is considering proposals for the development of a multi-million pound 2,500-seater music and conference arena.
The Horniman Museum Aquarium in London is planning a £1.5m refurbishment by spring 2006.
Luminar has sold 49 nightclubs and bars to a management buy-out, operating under the name of Candu Entertainment and backed by Close Brothers Private Equity, for £27m, and £10m will be spent on refurbishing the sites.
Arena Leisure is to soon seek planning permission to develop racecourses in Windsor, Lingfield Park and Doncaster.
Leicester City Council has approved revised plans for the development of a new theatre to replace the Haymarket Theatre, despite the cost rising from £26m to £48m.
Signature Restaurants has sold The Ivy and five other London-based restaurants to the new owner of Wentworth Golf Club for about £31m.
Gwynedd Council has approved plans for the £3.8m extension of the Hafan marina at Pwllheli.
Truro City has announced proposals to build a new £16m 16,000-seater football stadium in Truro.
Ark Alive is looking to raise £144m to fund the development of a Christian theme park in Yorkshire.
Avebury Taverns has sold 253 pubs to Admiral Taverns for about £70m, and the remaining chain of 450 pubs is now expected to be put up for sale.
St Mirren Football Club is looking to sell its Love Street stadium in Paisley to a supermarket chain for about £10m, in order to fund the development of a new stadium in the town's Ferguslie area.
Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council is considering plans from Parkwood leisure to build a new £11m leisure centre at Tudor Grange Park.
Sunderland Council has approved plans for the development of a £12m Olympic swimming pool next to the Stadium of Light over the next two years.
Derby City Council is to consider plans from Heartwood Homes for the development of a £35m marina village at the derelict 10-acre Acordis landfill site, including 250 homes, bars, restaurants and a hotel.
Burford has sold the Trocadero leisure complex in London's Leicester Square to property investment company Golfrate for about £220m, and the site will be revamped with a hotel and larger retail units.
Yates Group, the pub operator, has been acquired by investment vehicle T20 for £202m.
Oxford United has won approval to build an 87-bed hotel next to the Kassam football stadium.
Fishworks is planning to expand its chain of seafood restaurants from five to 19 over the next three years, and will to seek a listing on Aim.
Taylor Woodrow has won a £20m contract from the Harefield Academy Trust to build a £20m football academy in Hertfordshire.
Holiday Discount Centre is planning to expand the 120-strong workforce at its Newcastle-based travel agency business with about 30 additional staff this year.
East Riding Council is to refurbish Bridlington Spa at a cost of £10m, which will involve closing the entertainment complex for 18 months from next January.
Lydd Airport in Kent is planning to build a £7.5m hotel, which is linked to an application to expand the runway and increase the number of passenger flights.
South Cambridgeshire District Council is considering plans for the development of a £5m Airborne Forces centre to celebrate the history of the Parachute Regiment at the Imperial War Museum site in Duxford.
Moyle District Council is to consider plans from Kennedy Group to build a £12m leisure and conference hotel in Portrush, with the creation of up to 100 jobs.
William Hill is to acquire 624 betting shops from Stanley Leisure for £504m, taking its total estate to 2,237.
Forest Heath District Council is planning to build a new £8.5m swimming pool and leisure centre in Newmarket.
Glasgow City Council is considering proposals to set up a new leisure centre at the derelict Maryhill Burgh Halls building, at a cost of £10m.
Lastminute.com, the online travel company, is to be acquired by Sabre Holdings, the owner of Travelocity, for £577m.
Manchester United and Las Vegas Sands are proposing to build a casino complex next to the Old Trafford stadium, including a five-star hotel.
Ambassador Theatre Group is looking to expand its chain of 23 theatres by acquiring a further ten sites, and Deloitte & Touche has been appointed to raise up to £30m of development funds.
Walsall Football Club has reached agreement with Ramada Encore to build a 100-bedroom hotel at the Bescot Stadium site, and work starts next month.
Gamingking has acquired Kelly's Eye, the supplier of lottery tickets and gaming products, for £1.3m.
LA Fitness, the fitness club operator, is to undergo a £90m management buy-out backed by MidOcean Partners.
Menzies Hotels is to acquire the Best Western Milton Hotel & Spa in the centre of Glasgow for about £14m.
Darlington Borough Council is to consider plans from High Point Estates to build a leisure complex in Yarm Road, including restaurants, shops, bingo, bowling and a cinema.
Lowdham Leisureworld has acquired Colin's Caravans, the Reading-based caravan dealer.
Gosling Sports Park in Welwyn Garden City is planning to build a new £5.5m sports facility, including a fitness suite, saunas, treatment rooms and a golf driving range.
RAL Holdings, the chain of 129 high street amusement arcades, is to be acquired by cash shell Talarius in a £39m reverse takeover.
Noble House Leisure has secured £9m from Royal Bank of Scotland to fund the development of at least 12 new restaurants over the next three years.
Glasgow City Council has set aside £1m to acquire a 22-acre site to build a £24m 5,000-seater indoor sports arena near Celtic Park by 2008.
Gaming Corporation has acquired Newbold, the online gambling company, for £10m.
London & Edinburgh Inns has bought hotels in Croydon, Bath and Chester from Marston Hotels for £20m, as well as two Corus hotels in Canterbury and Maidstone for £5m.
Hilton is planning to open up to 200 Ladbrokes betting shops.
Le Meridien Hotels & Resorts, the chain of 135 hotels, is to be acquired by Lehman Brothers and Starwood Capital in a £1bn deal.
Dartford Borough Council has awarded a £3.5m contract to Mace subsidiary Como to build a judo centre in Dartford.
Westminster City Council has approved plans from Number One Venues to set up a £5m corporate and indoor sporting events venue in Piccadilly by January 2006.
Powerleague, the operator of 30 five-a-side football centres, is to raise £12m in a flotation on Aim, and plans to open a further 11 sites over the next three years.
Quintessential Hotels has acquired the Norton Manor hotel near Winchester for about £9m.
Derwentside District Council is considering proposals to develop a new sports centre in Consett, including swimming pool, tennis and a 6,000-capacity football stadium.
Highland Council has approved plans from the National Trust for Scotland to build a new £7m visitor centre at the historic Culloden battlefield by February 2007.
Plymouth City Council is to consider plans from Trathen Estates to build a £50m 19-storey tower at Derrys Cross, including a five-star hotel, 200 apartments and office space.
Southampton City Council is considering plans from Weyly to build a £35m luxury hotel in lower High Street.
Urban Dining is planning to expand its chain of Tootsies grill restaurants from 24 to 32 this year.
Thomas Cook is to create 100 new sales and customer service jobs at its travel business in Peterborough.
Whitbread is planning to sell its chain of 60 Maredo restaurants in Germany to a management buy-out backed by German Equity Partners for up to £20m.
Mill House Inns has acquired Pioneer Pub Company, the chain of 49 pubs, for about £50m.
Yo Sushi is to expand its UK-based chain of 17 restaurants with four new sites this year.
Merlin Entertainments, the operator of 26 visitor attractions, is expected to be acquired by Blackstone Group of the US for about £100m.
Eatonfield Leisure is planning to set up a £1.5m luxury day spa in Mold by early 2006, with the creation of 40 jobs.
Vimac Leisure has acquired the Hush nightclub in Middlesbrough for £3m, and expects to make further acquisitions later this year.
Restormel Borough Council is to consider plans from CMR Leisure to build a £20m four-star hotel and spa in St Austell, which would create 240 jobs.
United Co-op Travel has acquired Hourds Travel, the Stafford-based chain of six travel agents, which will double the turnover of its business travel division to £60m.
McLaren Construction has won a £15m contract to build the shell of a theme park based on Charles Dickens at Chatham in Kent, and the South East England Development Agency expects the park to open in April 2007.
Elevation Events is to acquire two corporate hospitality companies, including Event Vision La Dolce Vita for £1.7m and Philip Talbot Productions for £1.9m.
JJB Sports is to invest £110m opening 29 new health clubs in its stores over the next two years.
East Lindsey District Council has announced plans to build two leisure centres in Louth, at a cost of £12m.
Gaming Corporation has acquired Got2bet.com, the online gambling portal, for £0.1m.
The Scottish Arts Council is supporting plans for the development of the £4m Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, an international sculpture centre in Newhaven that will include studios and exhibition space.
Harlow Council has approved plans for the development of a new 3,000-capacity stadium at Barrows Farm for Harlow Town Football Club.
Ah-So is planning to sell franchises to set up a chain of up to 70 Japanese teppanyaki restaurants around the country over the next five years.
Multibuild has won a £4m contract to build a hotel in Gretna Green for the Gretna Green Group.
InterContinental Hotels is planning to open two long-stay hotels at Brentford and the South Bank in London next year, under the Staybridge Suites brand.
Test Valley Borough Council has announced plans to build a £1.5m theatre and cultural centre on the site of the present Cricklade Theatre block in Andover by next year.
Sandwell Council has approved plans for the development of a new leisure centre at the former Brierley Upholstery site in Cradley Heath, including a range of sports facilities and 25 new jobs.
British Waterways is to spend £3m revamping Stourport's historic canal basins into a tourist attraction, with the creation of about 70 jobs.
Bet365 is recruiting an extra 20 staff for its online gambling call centre at Festival Park in Staffordshire.
The Restaurant Group is to acquire a 40% stake in the Living Ventures chain of 11 restaurants and bars for £7.7m, while Living Ventures will acquire Est Est Est Restaurants from TRG for £16m.
Harlequin Leisure of Glasgow has sold the Ashoka chain of 16 Indian restaurants, which employ more than 350 staff, to Sanjay Mahju for an estimated £8m.
Chorley Council has secured a £2m lottery grant to fund the refurbishment of the historic Astley Park.
Leeds City Council has been approached by London-based developer Patrick Nally about plans to build a £65m entertainment arena in the centre of Leeds, including a 12,000-seater indoor bowl and Olympic-sized ice rink.
Bristol City Council has selected a consortium of SMG, Orion Land, Bellway and Sir Robert McAlpine to build a 10,000-seat stadium at Temple Meads by 2009, for use as a sporting and music venue.
Marylebone Warwick Balfour is planning to raise £30m of equity funding to expand its Hotel du Vin and Malmaison hotel chains.
British Canoe Union is planning to set up a white-water canoeing facility in Norwich, at a cost of up to £1m, including various recreation and conservation facilities.
Yarmouth Borough Council is to release a 10-acre riverside site at Cobholm to Landfast Anglia, for the development of a multi-million pound marina.
Camden Council has approved plans for the £100m refurbishment of the former Midland Grand Hotel at King's Cross into a luxury hotel and flats.
The Church Mission Society is planning to relocate from London to Oxford, and its 60,000 sq ft property in Waterloo could be transformed into a 300-bedroom hotel.
Bovis Lend Lease is expected to win a £30m contract to build a luxury Mandarin Oriental hotel at Great Shelford in Cambridge.
Zoological Society of London is to set up a £80m aquarium called Biota by 2008, as part of the £1.5bn Silvertown Quays riverside development.
Node Management of Usk has secured a £0.5m investment from Finance Wales to fund the development of a virtual guide that can be taken around tourist attractions.
Highland Council is to consider plans for the development of a £20m golf course at Castle Stuart, including a 57-bedroom hotel, 36 self-catering apartments and 200 new jobs.
Mill House Inns, the chain of 60 family pubs, has undergone a £90m management buy-out backed by Bank of Scotland Corporate.
Harrington Hall, the London hotel with 200 rooms, is to be acquired by NH Hoteles of Spain for £48m.
Numis is to provide advice to Talarius, a new company that aims to raise £5m in a flotation to develop a chain of betting shops and amusement arcades through acquisition.
Hilton has sold 11 hotels to Stardon UK, a newly-formed joint venture between Chardon Hotels and a fund sponsored by Starwood Capital, for £111m.
Aberdeen City Council is planning to build a £2.7m skate park and extreme-sports centre at Aberdeen beach by summer 2006.
Plymouth City Council has approved plans for the development of a £4m sports centre in Devonport, which will also act as a grandstand for Plymouth Albion rugby club.
Ramside Estates is planning a £12m expansion of the Ramside Hall hotel near Durham, with the creation of 100 jobs.
Arena Leisure is seeking contractors for a £20m project to build new facilities at Doncaster racecourse, including a conference centre.
The East of England Development Agency has announced that the National Institute for Research into Aquatic Habitats is to build a £250m 40-hectare aquarium at Stewartby near Bedford by 2010, with the creation of 2,500 jobs.
Reading Borough Council has approved plans from Durham Investment Six to transform the Old Shire Hall in The Forbury into a 24-bedroom luxury hotel.
The Imperial Hotel in Torquay is to undergo a £50m revamp by owner Dawnay Shore Hotels, with the creation of 350 jobs.
Greene King has sold 34 pubs to Admiral Taverns for £15m, in order to comply with regulatory requirements for its recent acquisitions from Laurel.
InterContinental Hotels has sold its 73 UK-based hotels, including 68 Holiday Inns, to a consortium of Lehman Brothers, GIC Real Estate and Realstar Asset Management for £1bn.
Travelodge is planning to expand its chain of 258 budget hotels, adding 2,500 rooms this year and a further 15,000 over the next six years.
Greenwich Council is to consider plans from Anschutz Entertainment Group to set up a football training centre called the Beckham Academy.
Peterborough City Council has approved plans from the First Active Health & Leisure Club to set up a new £3m indoor tennis centre, with the creation of 20 jobs.
The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards Museum has secured a £0.9m lottery grant to help it relocate within Edinburgh Castle, while the Gordon Highlanders museum in Aberdeen has secured a £0.5m grant.
Plymouth City Council is considering proposals for the development of a £30m leisure complex in Central Park, including swimming pool, ice rink, sports hall and conference facilities.
Elmbridge Borough Council is to build a £12m swimming and leisure complex in Walton-on-Thames, and Willmott Dixon will start construction work later this month.
Enterprise Inns is to sell 31 freehold and ten leasehold pubs to Admiral Taverns for £10m.
Wellingborough Borough Council is planning to build a £8m swimming pool and dance studio in Cannon Street by autumn 2006.
The Northcott Theatre in Exeter is planning to undergo a £3.1m expansion project by October 2006, in order to add extra seats and extend the hospitality facilities.
Jurys Doyle is planning to open three new Jury Inns hotels in Brighton, Milton Keynes and Liverpool.
Highland Council is considering plans for the development of a £8m historical research centre next to Inverness Cathedral, in order to benefit from rising interest in genealogy.
Aussie UK has appointed investment bank Altium to help it raise £30m to fund the expansion of its chain of six Outback Steakhouse restaurants from six to 50 over the next five years.
Wembley is planning to sell its six greyhound racing tracks to Risk Capital Partners for £50m.
North Wales Watersports has been established as a not-for-profit company with the aim of creating more than 400 jobs and doubling the annual revenues of the watersports industry in north Wales to £60m.
Paddy Power is planning to open a further 30 betting shops in London over the next two years.
Tote, the bookmaker, is to relocate its head office from London to the Wigan Investment Centre in March, to be closer to the 600 staff already employed in Wigan.
Pleasurewood Hills is investing £2m in improvements at its amusement park in Suffolk.
Quintessential Hotels has acquired Midmint, the owner of the Hanover International Hotel in Warrington, for £23m, and plans to make further acquisitions this year.
Glasgow City Council has approved plans from London Clubs International and Heron International to set up a £8m casino at Springfield Quay by next year, with the creation of 200 jobs.
London Clubs International and Henry Boot Developments have won permission to include a £8m casino at the Axis retail and leisure development in Nottingham.
Hardys & Hansons is to acquire five pubs in Lancashire and Yorkshire from Shadeweir Inns for £11m.
Top Ten Holdings is to acquire Judges Hall Bingo Club of Tonypandy from Planned Amusements for £0.8m.
Phoenix Equity Partners has acquired Westar Holidays, the Exeter-based operator of holiday parks in Looe, Mullion and Sandford, for an estimated £30m.
Travelscope, the tour operator, has awarded a £5m contract to Galliford Try to build a new headquarters in Stonehouse, Gloucestershire.
Multibuild has won a £3.2m contract from Goals Soccer to build a sports facility in Sheffield.
Liverpool City Council has announced proposals to spend £11m transforming historic Stanley Park, including the restoration of its conservatory.
North Norfolk District Council is to consider plans from Thrigby Hall Wildlife Garden to develop a new zoo in Cromer, which could attract up to 50,000 visitors a year by 2008.
The De Vere Belfry golf course, hotel and leisure complex near Birmingham has been acquired by the Quinn Group of Ireland for £186m.
The East of England Development Agency is to help fund the development of a £16m arts complex at the St Botolph's Quarter in Colchester by 2007, including an art gallery, conference centre and auditorium.
Eastbourne Borough Council has approved plans from Rick Mather Architects for the development of a £8.5m art gallery and cultural centre next to the Congress Theatre.
Harlequins has awarded a £8m contract to Metnor Construction to build a new stand at the Stoop rugby stadium in west London.
Wentworth Golf Club's new owner is planning to invest £60m in an expansion programme, including a new five-star hotel.
Pubs n Bars is to acquire three London-based pubs from Shannon Inns for £3.7m.
Directski.com, the Irish tour operator, has received a £2m equity investment from ACT to fund the expansion of its UK operations.
Vale of Glamorgan Council is considering plans from Decourcy for the £6m redevelopment of the Beach Cliff buildings on the seafront in Penarth, including a number of new restaurants.
Forest Heath District Council is expected to receive plans from Orion Land & Leisure for the development of a water-sports centre and 4,000 homes at Kentford Heath, near Newmarket.
South Ayrshire Council has approved outline plans for the £35m development of new facilities at Ayr racecourse, including a hotel, casino and cinema, which will lead to the creation of 300 jobs.
The Old Course Hotel and the Duke's golf course at St Andrews are to undergo a £12m refurbishment over the next two years.
The Big Lottery Fund is planning to set up a lottery grant processing centre in Newcastle with the creation of 180 jobs, and a second site will be established in Birmingham.
Sandwell Council is working on proposals for the multi-million pound transformation of the historic Soho Foundry in Smethwick into an industrial and museum complex.
Archerfield Links is to create more than 350 jobs this year with the £50m development of two championship golf courses and associated accommodation in East Lothian.
Rotherham Council is considering plans from Oak Holdings to build a £300m leisure resort near Orgreave, which will include 1m sq ft of entertainment facilities and create up to 2,700 jobs.
Tate Modern has announced proposals to expand its London art gallery by 2012, including a new building with galleries for performance and new media.
Sheffield City Council is to consider plans from Ski Village to build an £80m indoor ski resort at Parkwood Springs.
Northampton Borough Council has approved plans from Northampton Saints for the £3m expansion of the Franklin's Gardens stadium, while Northampton Town is to submit plans to extend Sixfields.
The South West Regional Development Agency is planning to build a £30m four-star hotel and hotel school next to the Bournemouth International Centre.
Corus Hotels has sold its Elmville joint venture, which includes five hotels in London, Derby, Exeter and Keswick, to a new vehicle called Leverguide for about £50m.
The Belgrade Theatre in Coventry has secured £1.9m from Advantage West Midlands to help fund a £10m redevelopment scheme, which will involve a second auditorium and a rehearsal facility.
Colchester United is to seek permission to build a 10,000-capacity football stadium at Cuckoo Farm by 2007.
The Savoy hotel in London has been acquired by a consortium led by Fairmont of Canada for more than £200m.
Vimac Leisure has acquired Trenchers, the Whitby-based fish restaurant with 90 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Jennings Brothers of Cumbria is to spend £5m expanding its pub acquisition programme into Lancashire and West Yorkshire this year.
Barracuda is planning to expand its chain of 155 pubs and bars with 30 new sites this year.
Highlands & Islands Enterprise is seeking a developer to build at least one new hotel on Lewis.
Anglesey County Council is considering plans from Leeds-based LDC to build a 20-bed three storey hotel overlooking the Menai Bridge.
Stafford Borough Council is to build a new £12m leisure centre to replace the Riverside Recreation Centre in South Walls.
The Restaurant Group is planning to spend about £25m refurbishing its chain of high street restaurants and opening up to 30 new sites this year.
Glasgow City Council is to consider plans from Pacific Quay Developments for the £150m redevelopment of the former Garden Festival site on the banks of the Clyde, including a 150-bed hotel, offices and homes.
The Life Science Centre in Newcastle is to undergo a £4.5m refurbishment, in order to improve its exhibition facilities.
Whitechapel Art Gallery has secured a £3.3m lottery grant to help fund the £12m expansion of its exhibition space.
The Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green has secured a £3.5m lottery grant to set up new galleries and an entrance.
Future Inns is seeking private investors to help finance the development of a £10m hotel and conference centre at Plymouth International Business Park.
Creswell Crags has secured £4.3m of lottery funding to expand facilities at its cave art museum in Derbyshire.
Scottish Racing is to invest £23m in improvements to Scotland's five independent racecourses over the next 12 months, including a £10m all-weather track at Musselburgh, a £10m redevelopment at Ayr and a new £2m grandstand at Perth.
Inventive Leisure is looking to expand its chain of 40 Revolution vodka bars to between 80 and 100 sites.
Next Generation Clubs has acquired the Harbour Club in London for £16m, and is now planning to expand its chain of 13 fitness clubs with one or two new sites a year.
Castle Point Council is planning to build a new multi-million pound sports and leisure village to replace the Waterside Farm centre in Canvey.
The Galleries of Justice in Nottingham is to become the new home of the National Prison Museum, which is to relocate from Rugby over the course of the next 15 months.
Menzies Hotels, the chain of 14 four-star hotels, has been acquired by Nikko Principal Investments for £120m.
Gymbox, the operator of a fitness and entertainment club in London, has undergone a £3m management buy-out.
Darlington Borough Council is considering plans for the £3.4m refurbishment of the Dolphin leisure centre.